Leone Leoni (Italian, Menaggio ca. 1509–1590 Milan)
model 1551 (possibly cast 19th century)
Bronze (Copper alloy with worn, dark brown patina)
Diam. 6.6 cm, wt. 75.96 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
On the obverse is a portrait of Ippolita Gonzaga of Mantua (1535 – 1563), wife of Antonio Gonzaga. On the reverse is Diana, blowing a conch shell and holding a large arrow. She is accompanied by two of her dogs. Behind her is Pluto, abducting Proserpina with Cerberus at his feet. This late aftercast may be from the nineteenth century.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse: HIPPOLYTA· GONZAGA· FERDINANDI· FIL[ia]· AN[no]· XV[i] and LEΩN APETINO; inscribed on the reverse: PAR· UBIQ[ue]· POTESTAS·
Bronson Winthrop, New York; Winthrop sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 20 January 1945, lot 271, including No. 118 (1975.1.1321). Acquired
by Robert Lehman from the Winthrop sale.